Wisconsin hosts Twilight Invitational

Track meet shortened by inclement weather

The Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams hosted their only outdoor home meet of the year, the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational, Saturday in Madison. But Mother Nature did not work in favor of the teams and lightning forced the invite to be delayed. As a result, neither the men's participants nor the women's ran the 1600-meter relay and there were no finals held in the field events.

The Twilight draws in competition from around the state and the Midwest, combining participants from UW System and private schools, as well as unattached competitors and track clubs.

On the women's side, freshman Shuntia Lucas excelled on the track, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes and competing with the 400 relay team of sophomore Melissa Talbot, freshman Venus Washington and sophomore Erica Schoeller that also finished first. Talbot also won the 100 and 400 hurdles, picking up a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 59.18 in the latter. Schoeller also won the 400-meter dash in 55.76 and the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, eight inches.

Junior Hilary Edmondson won the 1,500 with a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 4:17.50. Junior Leslie Patterson won the 3000, one of five current Badgers to finish in the top 10. Former Badger Sarah Kolpin, running unattached, finished second.

In the throws, sophomore Jamae Gjermo won the shot put in 48-0 1/2, and the discus in 127-8.

For the men, freshman sprinter Demi Omole was the only Badger to win at least part of multiple events. He won the 100-meter dash in 10.33, a NCAA Regional qualifying time, and ran with the winning 400 relay team along with junior Jvontai Hanserd, freshman Paul Hubbard and freshman Chad Melotte. In the 110 hurdles, sophomore Paul Check earned a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 14.30 when he finished second in the race.

Wisconsin's storied distance runners also put up solid numbers in the meet. Freshman Chris Solinsky won the 1,500with a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 3:43.90 and Badgers sophomore Ben Gregory, junior Tim Keller and sophomore Bobby Lockhart finished fourth through sixth, respectively. Junior Colin Steele finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 14:53.88.

In the field events, sophomore Joe Conway won the long jump by with a best mark of 23-11 ¾. The men's pole vault team did not compete due to the inclement weather.

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